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Minor Characters Have Their DayGenre and the Contemporary Literary Marketplace$
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Jeremy Rosen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231177443

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231177443.001.0001

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Three Axes of Genre Study

Three Axes of Genre Study

(p.1) Introduction Three Axes of Genre Study
Minor Characters Have Their Day

Jeremy Rosen

Columbia University Press

Derives a general theory of genre from analysis of the genre I call “minor-character elaboration.” It argues that genre should be studied and understood along three intersecting axes: as a practice of formal reiteration and variation, as a shared social practice that conveys the cultural logic of a particular historical moment, and as a technology that is deployed to serve the strategic needs of producers and consumers.

Keywords:   Contemporary Literature, Genre Theory, Formal Analysis, Literary Sociology, Cultural History

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